Gellert bath house

Learning Hungarian via Italian opera, neo-Nazis and a phone sex line

Living in Budapest, Magyarország (Hungary) made me think in different ways in order to express myself in Hungarian, see the modern incarnations of a dark chapter of European history and hatred and fend off...
Confessions of an Economic Hit man

Living in the middle of many worlds

Are you multilingual and looking for a job? How about being a spy or economic hit man? Candidate character description: Multilingual, sensitive to other cultures, can mix with local populations in difficult areas around the world,...

Alphabet politics: Change your alphabet, alienate people

Last year, I reported on how the problems resulting from the Azeri language of Azerbaijan being written in Latin script instead of Cyrillic letters. In Azerbaijan, the elderly who haven’t caught on to the...
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Covid no es una broma (Español/Spanish)

Detrás de cada estadística de muerte o hospitalización de Covid, hay muchas personas como yo, que son familiares, amigos, colegas o vecinos de alguien que está hospitalizado con Covid. Aquellos que no pudieron estar...
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Covid non é uno scherzo (Italiano)

Dietro di ogni statistica di ricovero o morte per Covid, ci sono persone come me, familiari, amici, colleghi o vicini di qualcuno malato di Covid. Coloro che non possono stare accanto al letto di...

It ain’t no hoax: Covid Public Service Announcement in 8 languages

I made a playlist of videos in 8 languages with a public service announcement about how Covid is robbing people of their dignity in death.   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLm6thK2LTrSnajn9mYuzwBzCXUjztTp30 Intro video text: Hi! My name is Susanna Zaraysky. You might...
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Covid ain’t no hoax

Behind every Covid hospitalization or death statistic, you will find many people like me who are the family members, friends, colleagues, or neighbors of somebody who is hospitalized with Covid. Those who couldn’t be...
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Covid não é brincadeira (Português/Portuguese)

Por trás de cada estatística de hospitalização ou morte da Covid, tem muitas pessoas como eu que são parentes, amigos, colegas ou vizinhos de alguém que está hospitalizado com a Covid. Aqueles que não...
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Covid nije prevara (Bosanski/Bosnian-Serbo-Croatian)

Iza svake hospitalizacije od COVID-a ili statistike o smrti, pronaći ćete ljude kao što sam ja – članove porodice, prijatelje, kolege ili komšije. Sve nas koji ne možemo biti kraj samrtne postelje onih koje...
The Whistleblower film

Could speaking English empower female sex trafficking victims to escape?

I rarely talk about the practical life-saving applications of speaking another language. But the topics of female sex trafficking and bride kidnapping make me wonder about how speaking another language, particularly English, could liberate...

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